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Grand Forks teacher selected to join Fulbright program

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Aubrey McNary, lead teacher for the Adult Education Program of the Grand Forks school district, has been selected to participate in the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms program.

The Fulbright TGC program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and created to increase mutual understanding and build long-lasting connections between people in the United States and other countries.

McNary is one of about 70 U.S. citizens selected for the program this year, based on academic and professional achievement, record of service and demonstrated leadership potential.

“Aubrey is an excellent educator with diverse professional experience working with students from varying backgrounds,” said Terry Bohan, who is principal at Community High School and also oversees the Adult Learning Center. “Her experience and her role in our program perfectly match what this award is about: global community classrooms.”

McNary has taught in Thailand and at schools of varying sizes in the U.S., Bohan said.

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The Fulbright TGC program, a year-long professional development opportunity for teachers in U.S. elementary, middle and high schools, equips them to build skills to prepare students for a competitive global economy. It also enhances teachers’ ability to bring an international perspective to their schools through targeted training, experience abroad and global collaboration.

The program has given more than 390,000 individuals the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to important international problems.

Founded in 1946, the TGC program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at pknudson@gfherald.com or (701) 780-1107.
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